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Beijing Police Suggest Women Avoid Miniskirts To Prevent Sexual Harassment

Miniskirts Banned
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... so that sluts don't tempt men to assault them. Read More »
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Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
Indonesia Bans Skirts
Miniskirts invite rape, so Indonesia bans them. Read More »
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The story is always the same: officials find it too hard to tell men to control themselves and not sexually harass women, so they place the responsibility and blame on women instead.

In this instance, Chinese police have asked women to refrain from wearing revealing clothing on buses or subways. According to China Daily ,“Women should not wear minimal clothing, such as miniskirts or hot pants when taking public transportation and should call police promptly if they are sexually harassed.” In case women just can’t resist wearing hot pants on the subway, police suggest that women use shopping bags, newspapers, or magazines to cover themselves up. Keep reading »

University Of Arizona Is Totally Cool With Student Holding “You Deserve Rape” Sign On Campus

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I posted my rapist's name and photo on the Internet. Read More »
Rehtaeh's Suicide
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Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide at age 17 after gang rape. Read More »
Rick Ross Rape Rap
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Rick Ross rapped about drugging a woman and raping her. Read More »

A University Of Arizona junior named Dean Saxton was photographed last Tuesday standing on campus holding a sign reading “You Deserve Rape” while yelling insults at students. Saxton, who fancies himself a preacher and delivers sermons on campus, told the Daily Wildcat newspaper, emphasis mine, “If you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’re probably going to get raped. I think that girls that dress and act like [whores], they should realize they do have partial responsibility, because I believe they’re pretty much asking for it.”

He is simply bold enough to verbalize what a lot of people in our rape culture already think about how women deserve violence against them.  But if I were working in administration for UA, I would be down on my knees praying that Saxton is not a ticking time bomb who doesn’t actually go and rape some “whore” on campus who was “asking for it.” Keep reading »

The Best Of The #SafetyTipsForLadies Hashtag

Anti-Rape Panties
We're loving how activists spoofed Victoria's Secret with these panties. Read More »
A Funny Rape Joke?
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Jamie Kilstein tells one. Read More »
"Legitimate Rape" Song
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Find out if you've been raped according to Todd Akin with this song. Read More »
#SafetyTipsForLadies 03.27.2013

Last week, a woman named Hillary Bowman-Smart, of Melbourne, Australia, began the hashtag #SafetyTipsForWomen on Twitter in response to an article about victim-blaming on Australian website The Punch called “Advocating Risk Management Is Not Victim Blaming.” Since then the #hashtag has gone viral and continues to stir up some hilarious “tips” for women days after the original tweet.  Her Tumblr blog explains:

How about we recognise that being drunk, being ‘sexy’, being out having fun, being loud, being trans, being queer, being sexually active – none of it causes rape, because rapists cause rape? How about we stop pretending that if women follow some stupid, byzantine set of ‘rules’ we’ll be safe?

The hashtag has spread beyond Down Under and to elsewhere around the world. After the jump are some of the best tweets… Keep reading »

Dude Politician Advises Against Walking Home In “Tight, Short Skirt And High Shoes”

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Patsy Said What?!
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Joanna Lumley from "Ab Fab" warns women "don't look like trash." Read More »
  • British politician Richard Graham, the Gloucester MP, is in trubs after he shared some safety tips for women with his local newspaper that toed the line between common sense and victim blaming:  ”If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through Gloucester Park, early in the morning in a tight, short skirt and high shoes and there’s a predator and if you are blind drunk and wearing those clothes how are you able to get away.” In a post on his own blog, Graham wrote, “I stick by these words,” but said he was trying to emphasize risks to women. Just last week, the British actress Joanna Lumley from “Ab Fab” made similar comments, warning women to “behave properly.” [BuzzFeed via This Is Gloucestershire]
  • Egyptian protesters have been holding forth in Tahrir Square all weekend and at least 25 women have been sexually assaulted, including being stripped naked or raped. [Guardian UK]
  • Ex-Feministing blogger Ann Friedman takes on the revival of the word “lady.” [New Republic] Keep reading »

Joanna Lumley From “Ab Fab” Warns Women: “Don’t Look Like Trash, Don’t Get Drunk”

Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »
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“Don’t look like trash, don’t get drunk, don’t be sick down your front, don’t break your heels and stagger about in the wrong clothes at midnight. This is bad. It’s not me being a snob about it. It’s not me being an old woman talking to young women, its just standard practice for how our species should behave. Don’t behave badly. … I promise you it is better to look after yourself properly, which means behave properly, be polite, be on time, dress properly – I don’t mean dully – but don’t be sick in the gutter at midnight in a silly dress with no money to get a taxi home, because somebody will take advantage of you, either they’ll rape you, or they’ll knock you on the head or they’ll rob you. … I am now an old lioness, if I see my young ones getting out of order, I’ve got to be able to say to them this is not how lions behave. This is not right.”

– Here’s Joanna Lumley, who plays Patsy on “Absolutely Fabulous,” making comments to the UK’s Telegraph that have infuriated a lot of folks for victim-blaming.  Newsflash, Joanna: women still get raped if they “behave properly” and “dress properly.” Believe me, I understand the concerns about young women and binge drinking — but these comments are pretty gross for all the “don’ts” they place on women alone. The problem is the robbers and the rapists, not women who dare to get drunk or wear a “silly dress.” [Telegraph UK]

School Allegedly Suggested A Breast Reduction Would Stop 6th Grader’s Sexual Harassment

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Middle school is rough on all of us. It’s especially rough when the administration at your middle school blames you for the sexual harassment you’re getting because of the size of your boobs. And it’s downright hellish when said administration suggests to your mother that a breast reduction might help. Keep reading »

Priest Says Women Encourage Domestic Violence For Not Cooking And Cleaning Well Enough

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Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence while bystanders did nothing. Read More »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
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A priest in a northern village in Italy posted some helpful tips for ladies on how to avoid getting beaten by their husbands. “Healthy self-criticism” is necessary for women to make sure there’s nothing they could be doing differently to stop getting beat, such as cooking more dinners, doing the laundry, and dressing more modestly. Keep reading »

Indian Police Chief Suggests Women Protect Themselves From Rape With Chili Powder

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  • Here are two different ways to stop rape. One, teach men and women that rape is never, ever, ever acceptable. Two, tell women to carry around chili powder to throw at potential attackers. I guess chili powder in the eyeball will make a rapey boner go away right quick, according to a police chief in India. [Guardian UK]
  • Three doctors in Georgia are fighting against a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. [Think Progress]
  • Meet Fabiola Gianotti, part of the team who discovered the Higgs Boson particle this year. She is 5th runner-up for TIME magazine’s “Person Of The Year” award, which went to President Obama. [Feministing] Keep reading »

School District Calls Tween Rape Victim “Careless,” “Responsible” In Her Own Sexual Abuse

Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
"Get Away With Rape"
Miami University of Ohio flyers offer "10 ways to get away with rape." Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »

A California school district is defending itself in the sleaziest way possible from a lawsuit by a former student who was allegedly sexually abused by two of its teachers. Yup, Moraga School District says it’s her own damn fault. Keep reading »

Indian Judge To Abused Wife: “Why Are You Still Talking About His Beatings?”

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  • A judge in India completely dismissed a woman in his courtroom in the most offensive, Pat Robertson-ian way possible: he told her “Your husband is doing good business. He will take care of you. Why are you still talking about his beatings?” The 28-year-old was challenging her husband in a domestic abuse case, but the judge told her that all women suffer in marriages and she should learn to deal with it. Justice Bhaktavatsala then helpfully suggested that the abusive husband take his wife and their son out to lunch. Facepalm. [Daily Mail UK]
  • What white feminists get wrong about First Lady Michelle Obama. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL) is fundraising off sexist insults lobbed against her, like dog collars Photoshopped onto her face. Own it, girl. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
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